I’ve been totally obsessed with fresh berries this summer. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries – they are all so good! Not only do they taste awesome, but they are chocked full of fibre, vitamins and antioxidants to boot. The local berries have come (and in some cases gone) early due to our hot, dry weather. I’ve definitely been using them in all sorts of meals – smoothies, yogurt bowls, salads, baking, and straight up for snacks. Even Barley has been enjoy some – strawberries are his favourite!
Seeing as lemon and strawberry paired so wonderfully in my cheesecake smoothie, I decided I needed to play with this flavour combination some more. Something about that bright, tart flavour with sweet berries just tickles my taste buds in all the right ways. Since it has been so freakin’ hot, I’ve been into cold breakfasts, so I decided to make some overnight oats infused with lemon. I wanted really intense lemon flavour, so I used both the zest and juice from the lemon. The zest is key to for a true lemony flavour – no point in wasting it! But make sure to avoid the white pith just underneath it – instead of tart lemon flavour you’ll get nasty bitter notes.
Once my lemon-chia-oat mixture had the chance to soak overnight, I layered it in a mason jar with some ripe local BC strawberries, twisted on the lid, and had a gourmet breakfast to go. While I love hot oatmeal in the winter, I just don’t find it as portable as overnight oats, and I have no desire to heat up the kitchen to cook it in the summer, so these were perfect. Of course, you don’t have to layer your berries in there. Heck, you could even add them right in when you make the oats up the night before to save even more time in the morning. But sometimes you want a little presentation, even if it’s just for yourself 🙂
These overnight oats were delicious and filling! I’ve made them multiple times – proof they are good. I love how much flavour that lemon zest added, and you definitely don’t need any sweetener when you have perfectly ripe in season berries. I’m looking forward to trying this out with blueberries or maybe even cherries as summer goes on.
Lemon Berry Overnight Oats
Enjoy the taste of summer in this make ahead, grab and go breakfast. The sweet summer berries are complimented by the bright, tart flavour of lemon. High in fibre, no added sugar, and easy to make gluten-free and dairy-free, these overnight oats make a satisfyingly delicious breakfast.
- 1/4 cup oats
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp raw cashews, chopped
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup milk (dairy or non)
- 1 cup fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, and raspberry are all great choices)
1. Combine oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cashews, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla, and milk in a sealable container. Store in fridge overnight.
2. In the morning, add berries to the oat mixture and enjoy. If you are feeling fancy, layer them in a mason jar, take them to work, and make your coworkers jealous.
Note: To make this gluten-free, use certified gluten-free oats.
What’s your favourite berry – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or something else?